Comfort Hotel Finchley
3 Leisure Way, High Road
London, EN N12 0QZ
Phone: (44) 208 446-6644
Fax: (44) 208 446-5444
3 Leisure Way, High Road, London, EN, GB, N12 0QZ
- Phone: (44) 208 446-6644
- Fax: (44) 208 446-5444
The Ally Pally ice rink in Alexandra Park still remains a firm favorite with north London residents. The ice rink has a total capacity of 1250 people and skating instruction is available. Haringey Greyhounds Ice Hockey Club use the international-sized venue as their home ground.
The Queen's Wood is a sprawling 21 hectare (52 acre) nature reserve in the London borough of Haringey. The park was named in honor of Queen Victoria in 1898. Beautiful mature oak, cherry, birch, hazel and holly trees provide a canopy for the various woodland creatures that call the Queen's Wood home.
Park Road Pools is a set of swimming pools which includes an outdoor pool open from May to September each summer. There is the main open-air heated pool as well as a kid’s pool and a fountain, and these are all surrounded by scenic grass slopes. It even includes a lift into the pool for those who find the steps difficult. This is a popular pool and can get crowded in hot weather and was named the city’s best lido. It has been well maintained since it first opened. Call ahead for more details. Hours to the main pool are mentioned.
If you feel like you're in need for some fresh air, then head to the Broomfield Park. This public park occupies a space of 21 hectares (51.8 acres) and is listed under the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens as it was built way back in the 16th century. In addition to accessing the playgrounds and walking trails, one can also try their hand at recreational activities such as tennis and bowling. The park is also home to a lake, which is populated by several breeding birds.
Next to Anna Pavlova's house and attached to Hampstead Heath is this delightful park. The large expanse of gentle rolling verdure is one of those places where you just have to kick off your shoes and feel the grass between your toes. It's a great spot for picnics, but there is also a cafe near the park entrance. At the bottom of the park there are several tennis courts; perfect for if you want to do something a bit more energetic. Half way down the park is an animal enclosure with an aviary and a selection of goats, deer and wallabies - a sort of mini zoo that will delight children. Each section has a brief write-up of the animal and its origin. Flamingos perch around the pond, ducks dive in and geese fly overhead, and the beautiful flower garden behind it is well worth a detour. The park opens at 7:30a.
When the heat is on in London, come to Hampstead Heath to cool down in the old-fashioned bathing ponds. The Hampstead Mixed Pond, one of the three bathing ponds at the Health is great for a dip with family. Open to both men and women the pond has a silt bottom so there's no nasty chlorine, though a bit murky. Also bathing is free for all competent swimmers over eight years old, and is open from daylight till dusk during summer. Take a picnic to the heath and lay back to enjoy the sunshine by the pond.
Enjoy a swim in the fresh air at this men-only bathing pond. As it's all natural water, there's no chlorine to sting your eyes, and it's free, so there's no sting to your wallet either. Open all year round, although you'd have to be tough to brave the weather in the winter months, the ponds are open for a refreshing dip anytime between daylight and dusk. Boys over eight who can swim confidently can join in the fun, while ladies can swim at the nearby Kenwood Bathing Pond. Set in a beautiful verdant spot, it is a wonderful oasis that takes you back to the Victorian era.
Open daily from daylight until dusk, a visit to the pond makes for an enjoyable, alternative afternoon, especially if you bring a picnic along to make the most of the time on the Heath. The bathing pond contains only natural water and is unheated - perfect for the Spartan, the purist or the adventurous. Girls over age eight can swim all they like, but the boys are banned to the Highgate Bathing Pond a short distance away.
Parliament Hill Lido is a large outdoor pool which is open all year round. The pool is quite long and wide too. They also host a small paddling pool, hot showers and a cafe nearby. It is unheated but has a stainless steel lining which helps to retain the heat; it also gives it a sense of spaciousness. From where it is situated, there are excellent views over the city. Call for pool opening hours and additional information. Hours vary seasonally.
Tufnell Park Playing Fields is popular for providing local residents with football fields as well as tennis courts to play on. The park borrows its name from the Tufnell family who owned the area in the mid 1700s. Tufnell Park Playing Fields is the only full size grass pitch in Islington for football. These grounds are used by the students of University of London for their collegiate matches. When matches are not being conducted on these fields, it is used by children as a playground and an open space for their merriment.
Nestled between the Boroughs of Brent and Barnet, the Brent Reservoir resides on 170 hectares (420 acres) of land. This nature conservation area is home to many waterfowl and other bird species making it a perfect area for bird watching. The reservoir also has a fantastic view of Wembley Stadium.
London Wildlife Trust is a charitable organization that is committed to conserving the city's open spaces and wildlife. This trust has transformed the space in Stoke Newington, bundled between the East Reservoir and New River, into a community garden. The East Reservoir Community Garden is home to a variety of flora and fauna. Visitors may get a chance to catch a glimpse of red bunting, great crested grebe, emperor dragon flies, common tern and many more species. This is a great place to indulge in activities: nature walks, bird watching and mini-beast hunt. This place also offers an 'eco-classroom' replete with various amenities, making it suitable for field trips.